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Previously on Bignjuicy

Friday, May 20th, 2016
All manner of stuff happened. It really has been quite entertaining reading back through around 12 years of bignjuicystuff. Some painfully naive, some far cleverer than I remember being and some woefully dated and now rendered strange by shriveled topicality. Talking of which – I have yet to succumb to facial fillers, botox or any unnatural plumping agents. As my e-organ is, for the moment, enjoying revivification, so my visage and all regions south of there remain naturally toned and impressive. Hold that mental image.

Just lately I have been reflecting on my demise. As you do. The imminent clicking on of the birthday clock does that to a chap. The horse chestnuts are in bloom, the cherry blossom adorns the gutters. I am reminded, as I am at this time most years of Denis Potter. I make a point of looking intently at the blossom; it may be the last time. I want to revel in the frothy magnificence, the frilly exuberance, the floral gorgeousness of it all. A memory to hold on to for when days darken and branches become bare. I imagine a time when the blossom will be there and I won’t.

A few weeks ago I uncovered some online records of ancestors. The few brief traces of their lives recorded in census and property records reveal whole lifetimes spent in a network of city streets one can walk through in less than an hour. Looking at the names, picturing them as real people. Growing, ageing, dying, becoming just an entry in a ledger. Lives forgotten for the large part. Connected to me; their blossom.

No fool am I

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

You know when you make a life changing decision and then you have to wait weeks, no months! for the decision to take effect? Well, today the decision took effect and I walked away from something that had run its course and, frankly, had started to get right on my nerves. Take it as a measure of my maturity and confidence in my ability to survive following last Major Life Change. This was not on that scale and, when it came to it, was rather less emotionally taxing than the 2004 episode.  But that episode taught me a huge amount, and I am still learning from it. And one of the most important things I learned from it is that I am not defined by what I do for money and that work is just a means to the end of enjoying your life. When it intrudes unreasonably into that process; when it begins to make you not want to do it then do not be afraid to stop doing it. You will survive.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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Monday, March 29th, 2010

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

What I haven’t so far understood about it, and it’s probably because I haven’t really looked into it; relying on less than analytical news items – is why most of the US seems opposed to being given a health care system that actually provides health care instead of leaving them to die when they get ill. It might be my namby-pamby UK NHS conditioning (we still Heart the NHS despite its failings), but I would have thought that anything has to be better than the non-system that exists stateside presently. From what I’ve read, it seems that ‘Obamacare’ has variously been opposed on the basis that it is socialist, unamerican, unaffordable and unmanyotherthings. Why do they not want to be looked after when ill? Can anyone explain please?

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010


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Monday, March 15th, 2010

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